I think that if you are looking to push a creative envelope it should be in the photography, not in the post. The fact that you justify this texturing, because Bambi uses it, that kind of turns me off as well and doesn't say much for thinking outside the box. We are in an industry where we try to be different, while mimicking is ok, but somehow make it your own. Both shots I think could have potential, top one if you crop so the bricks on the right are gone and level the image slightly and back off the heavy process I think you'd have a decent shot. The second shot is just a classic pose that should be clean and sharp on the ring. I know that 5-10years down the road the texturing stuff will be out, kind of like sepia and selective color. Deliver an image that in 20-30 years they will still love, without effects.